By: Matt Marcone
Published via MMAxposed and mm-eh.ca
R1 – Sharkey lands a right hand and presses him against the cage. Thomas reverses and has Sharkey on the wall. They trade position a few times clinching against the cage. Thomas throws a string of high kicks and a couple get through. Sharkey lands a hard body kick of his own and follows with a take down. Sharkey has him in trouble after a flurry on the feet. Thomas finds his way back up and both guys continue to swing for the fences. Sharkey lands a huge right hand and drops him in the exchange. Very exciting round to kick off the card. 10-9 Sharkey
R2 – Both guys come out tentative. They trade strikes on the feet for the first half of the round with nothing too significant landing. Thomas connects with a right high kick, Sharkey counters with a left hand. Thomas seems to be landing the crisper strikes and is doing a good job utilizing his reach advantage. Sharkey lands a huge counter right hand, drops him and gains the mount! That last strike steals the round. 10-9 Sharkey
R3 – Chants of “Sharkey” fill the stadium before the round starts. He lands a few hard shots in the clinch, Thomas counters with a solid body kick. Thomas lands a high right kick and Sharkey counters with a taunt. Sharky then lands a solid take down nearly carrying him on his shoulders! Thomas gets back to his feet and lands an excellent body shot and then a flying knee. The round ends with Sharkey in trouble against the cage. 10-9 Thomas
Matt Marcone scores it 29-28 for Jeff Sharkey, judges call it 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 for Jeff Sharkey by split decision.
Written by: Matt Marcone
With just two days to go before the Score Fighting Series’ fifth event in Ontario, we present episode seven of the MMAxposed podcast. We get a real heart to heart interview with Hector Lombard, who dropped a split decision to Tim Boetch in his UFC debut.
It was Lombard’s first loss in 25 fights and he opens up about the haters, his injury during training camp, and Dana White’s post-fight comments saying he should fight at welterweight. He also gives his thoughts on a new possible training destination, making it to the big show, and who he wants to fight next.
In what many are predicting could be fight of the night, Canadian striking sensations Jesse Ronson and Alex Ricci also join the podcast. They will be fighting each other at SFS5 in Hamilton on Saturday, August 25th and both sound desperate to get inside the octagon.
Ronson talks about his mentality going into his fight on July 28 knowing he couldn’t afford to get hurt, the intensity of his sparring sessions and the origins of his nickname. He also thinks a victory could possibly send him to the UFC’s stacked lightweight division.
Ricci talks about the fight with Ronson, competing on four of the five Score Fighting Series cards, and a UFC dream of his own.
Let us know what you think!
(8:00) Jesse Ronson
(18:45) Alex Ricci
(27:30) Hector Lombard
Written by Randi Lotsberg
Ontario pro fighters Jason Saggo and Eric Attard will be stepping into the cage this Saturday, August 25th at the Score Fighting Series to test their minds, strength and skills. MMAxposed could see this bout being the fight of the night between these two skilled lightweights. Saggo is a brown belt training under Paul Abel out of P.E.I. and Attard trains out of Modern Vision MMA in Welland, Ontario under coach Chris Bonfoco. Both of these guys bring a different element into the cage; Saggo being known for his strong ground game and Attard for his Muay Thai background and powerful leg kicks. They are both at a comparable level when it comes to fitness and strength. This fight could go either way but it is bound to be the epitome of what a MMA fight should be!
Have a look behind the scenes in their training leading up to this event. Hear what they have to say about each other and how they think this fight will end.
Get your tickets at www.ticketmaster.ca for this event The Score Fighting Series: Hill Vs. Fraser Saturday August 25 2012
READY FOR WAR!!
Chris Clements has had a dream since he was in high school to get into the UFC. This past year after beating UFC veteran Rich Clementi at The Score Fighting Series, his dream finally came true. At the age of 34 he made his UFC debut and faced Keith Wisniewski, taking home yet another win. It has been a great year for Chris; he got married to the love of his life, they had their first child, and his UFC debut was just five weeks later. This is Chris’ story about his dream, his family, and his life.
Phil Baroni is getting ready for his fight against Rodrigo Ribeiro at ONE FC in the Philippines on August 31th, 2012. He tells us about a new reality series called Fight Factory TV, which is set to premier August 15, 2012 on Nuvo TV.
Attard talks about the step up in competition, the “sketchy” Discipline MMA show in Belleville and his preparation for Saggo. Saggo talks about training with legends all over the world, his passions, and fight mentality.
Download MMAxposed podcast Episode 6 HERE
Written By Randi Lotsberg
Ontario MMA fans and fighters got some great news today! The Score Fighting Series is back at the Hamilton Place Theatre on Saturday, August 25th for its fifth event since the province legalized the sport. Action has been lacking on the local MMA scene in 2012, but every show the Score Fighting Series puts on just keeps getting better. They are doing an excellent job giving fans of the sport an opportunity to be able to watch great up and coming fighters in an intimate environment.
I have had the chance to speak with many fighters over the past few months and these guys are hungry, eager and ready to get into the cage. With such a long wait between fights for some of these guys, I am certain it’s going to make for an extra burst of highly intensified action. These men are ready for battle!!
The main event on the card will be a bantamweight showdown between John “Haggis Basher” Fraser and Josh “Gentlemen” Hill. This bout has been highly anticipated for some time now. Fraser, 34, is a Sarnia, Ontario native with a record of 10-3 and is riding a seven fight win streak. The 25-year-old Hill resides in Binbrook, Ontario and is currently 8-0. Both of these skilled athletes have a lot on the line in this one, with a win likely propelling either of these men to the next level in their professional MMA careers. With that being said it is a great opportunity to be able to see them live in action before they make it to the UFC.
Other amazing Canadian talent on the card includes: Tristan Johnson (7-2), Will Romero (9-3), Lyndon Whitlock (7-2), Alex Ricci (5-0), Ryan Dickson (2-0), Jason Meisel (3-0), Jason Saggo (6-1), Elias Theodorou (4-0), Adam Assenza (1-1), Rory Mcdonell (5-6) and Robert Thomas (0-0). Their opponents are still to be decided.
Tickets start at $30 and go on sale on Monday, July 23 at ticketmaster.ca, Copps Coliseum box office and from local fighters on the card. The entire show will be streamed live on thescore.com and for the first time ever, the main card fights will be carried live on The Score television network starting at 9 p.m. EST.
Getting to know Lyndon Whitlock….
MMAxposed’s Dan Sammit catches up with Pro Fighter Adam’MAVERICK’ Assenza the day after his win against John Roche, with is his first win as a pro MMA career. Adam is currently (1-1) and trains at Bama BJJ located in Burlington Ontario.
By Andy Cotterill (email@example.com)
John ‘ The Natural’ Alessio has been on a mission to get a return call to the Ultimate Fighting Championship for some time now.
In an interview with MM-eh a year ago, the Duncan, British Columbia native expressed his frustration with seeing fighters who he has beaten in the cage get the coveted UFC call, while he remains in the cold.
Last night at the Score Fighting Series 4 in Hamilton, Ontario, Alessio gritted out a unanimous decision win over Ryan Healy that must surely get him a big step closer to realizing that goal.
Alessio looked good in the early going, and clearly winning the first round, wobbling the apparently larger Healy with a stiff jab, and using his strong top game and control to help set up several guillotine choke attempts.
Healy made it an even fight by coming on strong in the second, where he connected with some hard punches then used his length to pin the shorter Alessio against the cage. The third and deciding round looked to be even, until Alessio turned on the jets and was able to attain two takedowns, and finished the fight once again on top, grinding Healy into the cage.
In the end, all three judges saw it two rounds to one for Alessio, awarding him a 29-28 x 3 unanimous decision.
Predictions By: Randi Lotsberg
Predictions for SFS4
Craig Hudson (1-1) VS. John McPherson (0-1) – Craig Hudson TKO Round 2
John Roche (2-0) VsS. Adam Assenza (0-1) – Adam Assenza by Decision
Erik Herbert (3-1) VS. Elias Theodorou (2-0) -Elias Theodorou Submission Round 3
Mike Sledzion (3-2) VS. Jason Meisel (2-0)-Jason Meisel Submission (guillotine) Round 1
Corey Houston (4-1) VS. Lyndon Whitlock (6-2)-Lyndon Whitlock TKO Round 1
Derek Boyle (7-5) VS. Shane Campbell (5-1)-Shane Campbell TKO Round 3
Iraj Hadin (6-3) VS. Alex Ricci(4-0)-Iraj Hadin TKO Round 3
Forrest Petz(24-9) VS. Sergey Juskevic(11-6)-Sergey Juskevic Submission Round 3
Eric Wilson (5-1) VS. Josh Hill (7-0)- Josh Hill TKO Round 2
Ryan Healy (19-9) VS. John Alessio (33-14)- John Alessio Decision
Fight of the night:
Iraj Hadin VS. Alex Ricci
Check out the pics and results from today’s weigh ins at The Score Fighting Series. These pics will also appear on www.mm-eh.ca
Duncan, British Columbia’s John ‘The Natural’ Alessio (33-14) will continue his return push to the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he takes on tough Oregonian ‘Diamond’ Ryan Healy (19-9) in a lightweight main event.
The semi main-event features a match-up between a pair of top Canadian prospects. Hamilton’s ‘Gentleman’ Josh Hill (7-0) and Saskatoon’s Eric Wilson (5-1) will compete to see who is the top bantamweight in the Score stable of fighters.
185 – Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Erik Herbert (185.6)
Ryan Dickson vs. Brandon Johnson Fight cancelled after Johnson did not pass MRI
170 – Forrest Petz (169) vs. Sergej Juskevic (168.8)
155 - John Alessio (155.6) vs. Ryan Healy (155)